Average Bench: 104% (7th of 1316)

Based on 5,356 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged 3.6% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 176Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 347Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is just 18.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,257Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 86.7Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,356 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.7 Memory 86.7 95
155 1-Core 176 186
298 2-Core 347 369
111% 203 Pts
Min Avg Max
557 4-Core 647 703
894 8-Core 1,028 1,115
107% 837 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,138 64-Core 1,257 1,325
84.4% 1,257 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.6
1-Core 191
2-Core 373
119% 218 Pts
4-Core 727
8-Core 1,126
118% 926 Pts
64-Core 1,386
93% 1,386 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.2
1-Core 182
2-Core 366
115% 212 Pts
4-Core 729
8-Core 1,151
120% 940 Pts
64-Core 1,382
93% 1,382 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.9
1-Core 181
2-Core 366
116% 213 Pts
4-Core 665
8-Core 1,024
108% 845 Pts
64-Core 1,251
84% 1,251 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.5
1-Core 184
2-Core 364
114% 211 Pts
4-Core 686
8-Core 1,030
110% 858 Pts
64-Core 1,288
86% 1,288 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.4
1-Core 178
2-Core 353
111% 205 Pts
4-Core 678
8-Core 1028
109% 853 Pts
64-Core 1,278
86% 1,278 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 45,116,201 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
AmazonUS $2701 month
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Typical Core i5-11600K Builds (Compare 2,132 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 207%
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Desktop
Desktop 108%
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Workstation
Workstation 194%
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Excellent Total price: $1,170

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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

Added 4 months ago.

Excellent

1 month ago.

Unlocked, High clock speed, great for gaming (excellent overall performance), great value, etc


Good

4 months ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

best budget cpu ever


Terrible

23 days ago.

way to power hungry and its old tech 14nm plus amd has more features now and intels motherboards just plain suck


Excellent

3 months ago.

It's just awesome


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